Billy Murray

Decades: 2000s

Biography

William Thomas Murray, 25 May 1877, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 17 August 1954, Jones Beach, Long Island, New York, USA. An Irish-American, from the age of six Murray was raised in Denver, Colorado. In his mid-teens he was in vaudeville with Harry Leavitt’s High Rollers and Al G. Field’s minstrel show. At 20 Murray made his first cylinder recording in San Francisco and later, now resident on the east coast, his strong tenor voice and clear diction helped him become a popular and prolific recording artists. Known as the ‘Denver Nightingale’, he recorded mainly solo but also sang duets with Ada Jones, Aileen Stanley, Vernon Dalhart, George W. Johnson and others, and as a member of the Haydn Quartet and the Premier Quartet (aka the American Quartet). He sang with popular bands such as the California Ramblers, Meyer Davis, Jean Goldkette (recording ‘I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover’, a 1927 track on which Bix Beiderbecke and...

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